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Weeds

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 13:39

When I saw the heading "Weeds taking over leylandii" I thought you were bragging

Most sprays for general weeds, not brushwood killer or similar, will probably have little effect on leylandii.  Safer though to pull by hand until the leylandii get properly established.  Then you'll probably spend more time keeping the ******* leylandii under control than weeding.

I think my goldfish is dying

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 11:35

Conditions in a tiny pond like that will change very quickly, particularly in the hot & humid weather we have been experiencing lately. By the time you spotted the problem the one fish was probably already beyond saving despite the short term recovery. 

Your new pond will be much easier to manage, especially if you have a pump in it to help aeration in the summer months as it will have roughly 30 times the volume of water.  I'm not a great fan of filters and UV lamps as they encourage over stocking and the resultant problems if filter or lamp fail.

thieving-squirrels

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 11:25

Macavitythecat,

There is a big difference between urban foxes and grey squirrels.  Foxes are a native species but can certainly be a massive nuisance in some areas, whereas grey squirrels are officially classed as vermin and may not be released if captured.  They legally must be destroyed.

All furry, cuddly looking animals are not equal!

As for how to stop squirrels of any colour nicking the bird food, I suspect it will be an ongoing battle.  Anybody who saw the programme a few years ago with squirrels managing to defeat just about any obstacle put in front of them will realise it isn't going to be easy.

I do like the idea of greasing the pole

I think my goldfish is dying

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 21:44

What size is the existing pond?  It's much more difficult to keep a good balance in a small pond. Conditions in a small pond will change much more quickly than in a large one.

I think my goldfish is dying

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 20:05

It does sound as if it's struggling for oxygen.  Sudden changes in weather can create problems.  Spraying a hose onto the surface  may help raise the oxygen levels.

Fences Legal High

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 18:37

The 'rule of thumb' about ownership of the fence being on the side where the fence post lie, refers to chain link fencing where the posts are on one side of the fence.  The problems come when that has been replaced by any form of fence where the posts are in line with panels.  Deeds will generally show a T on the fence lines indicating which property they belong to.  Not a great help these days when you never get to see the deeds!

when-to-start-feeding-new-turf-laid-lawn

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 21:21

Thanks Tony,

Shape does lend itself to a wheeled spreader for the most part so I'll take that route.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 21:19

I've also got an infestation and am working towards getting rid.

Action so far - chopping off at ground level 3 times over about 2 months to weaken.  All 'tops' raked up and disposed of. Once growth was up to about 6" again I've done the shuffle over the area to break/bruise the stems and sprayed with brushwood killer. Repeated the shuffle and spray a week later to get the bits I missed first time. Checked a few days later and the horse tails are looking very pale in colour and withering so it seems to be working.  Final step for now will be one more shuffle and spray followed by double layer of weed suppressing fabric and leave over winter.  I'm fortunate in that it's all come up in one area which will be used at a later date for a veg patch and isn't used for anything at present.

street-cleaning-in-our-cul-de-sac

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 09:55

Joyce,

All the issues you have raised should have been spotted by your solicitor when you were purchasing the property.  That's what 'Searches' are for.  First thing I would do is go straight back to them to ask why they didn't let you know.

There is the potential for problems further along the line.  You may have lovely neighbours now but what happens if there is a major outlay required and one or more of them refuse to contribute to it?

when-to-start-feeding-new-turf-laid-lawn

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 09:43

I've read a couple of threads but they seem to be referring to lawns laid from seed.  My lawn was laid in April from turf and I want to know if I should be feeding it yet.  If so, what would be simplest to use.  Lawn is best part of 300 sq metres and reasonable regular in shape. The shape may make a difference to the application method.

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